Challenge Week 2019: Mind The Musicals

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I really started something with all those Sunny Challenge Weeks… Since Sunny Afternoon closed I’ve also managed to do a Globe Challenge Week and a slightly more generic one last year – so for 2019, the Mind the Blog challenge weeks are back, and (hopefully) better than ever! My current plan is to devise three very different weeks, starting with musicals.

From Monday 8th until Sunday 14th April I intend to envelope you in the world of musicals, from the West End and beyond!

My schedule is steadily taking shape, and already includes Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story at The Hope Theatre, and The Marvelous Wonderettes at Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Other contenders for the week are a rehearsed reading at The Other Palace (Murder at the Gates), a matinée of Six, The Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, Waitress, Come From Away, Matilda the Musical and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. This is by no means a definitive list yet, as I’m still on the lookout for possible shows to fill the gaps; the main thing is to try and get a bit of variety from day to day, striking a balance between old & new, traditional & innovative.

I’ll be taking on a slightly different timetable for the week, as it happens to clash with the BFI & Radio Times TV Festival at the weekend – so I’m aiming for a pair of two-show days during the working week instead, with single shows on Saturday and Sunday. It also means I’ll be a bit more knackered than usual! Especially as it comes immediately after the Olivier Awards ceremony…

Sweet Charity

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In terms of blog posts, I’m hoping to bring you a blend of opinion pieces, alternative reviews, feature posts, and maybe an interview or two – as well as a pair of regular reviews.

I’d also really like your help! Musicals can be quite divisive things, inspiring love and hatred in equal measure. I want to explore that a bit further, and share not just my opinions on the matter, but bring a selection of your thoughts to the table. If you’d like to get involved, please drop me a quick email to with a short bit about one of the following:

  • Why you love musicals, what your favourites are, and if you have a current recommendation.
  • Why you dislike musicals, and if there are any exceptions that have/would make you decide to watch one.

It doesn’t have to be an essay – I just want to hear from a good range of people and get a mixture of opinions out there. Submissions by the end of Thursday 11th April, please!

That’s all for now – see you in three weeks’ time…


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